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TaPRA Scenography Working Group : After Affect: The Scenographic Construction of Affective Environments

Call for Papers, TaPRA Annual Conference 2015

TaPRA Scenography Working Group

After Affect: The Scenographic Construction of Affective Environments

 “Affect arises in the midst of in-between-ness: in the capacities to act and be acted upon. Affect is an impingement or extrusion of a momentary or sometimes more sustained state of relations as well as the passages (and the duration of passage) of forces or intensities. That is, affect is found in those intensities that pass”

(Seigworth and Gregg, 2010: 1)

For this year’s meeting, the Scenography Working Group supports an open call in order to interrogate questions regarding the notion of affect in relation to scenographic modes of research, practice and conceptualizations.

Our theme focuses broadly on how we negotiate material artefacts and the collectively-produced ephemerality, materiality and semioticity of scenographic affects; that is, how performative interactions produce scenography as an evental process that enables affective scenographic processes and environments to emerge, also paying particular attention to the production of costumes as part of the scenographic.

Greg Seigworth and Melissa Gregg in The Affect Theory Reader (2010) and Jean Halley and Patricia Ticineto Clough in The Affective Turn. Theorizing the Social (2007) coined this epoch as the ‘affective turn’. For them, affect is an interface that implies a capacity for action, agency and human and non-human engagement with any given experiential phenomena. Seen thus, affect is not only considered in terms of the human subject, but also in regards to the materials and artefacts such as costumes, sets and visual and sonic landscapes, in this instance, that allow the affective capabilities of the subject which emerge within the correlations between theatrical modes of expression, emotion, feeling and cognition.

We invite presentation proposals from a wide variety of scholars and practitioners, with a special emphasis on the interconnections of scenography and affect in relation to contemporary and historical performance. Fully embracing the interdisciplinarity of the field, we are keen to include proposals that would be suitable for panel sessions open to members of other working groups, or joint proposals from members of more than one working group.

As a working group we actively promote practice-as-research methods and we welcome proposals in a variety of different presentation formats. These formats can include, but are not limited to:

  • 20min paper/practice presentation
  • PechaKucha*
  • Exhibition and Installation work
  • Performance Practice

* A PowerPoint presentation with 20 images/sides set to automatically progress after 20 seconds. Presenters are then invited to speak alongside their images if they wish. This format is ideal for sharing image-based provocations or artistic practice in a time efficient manner.

If you plan to submit a proposal that includes a technical or spatial requirement, early consultation with us is important if you are planning something large, unusual or complicated. If this applies, please contact the working group convenors to discuss your requirements before you submit.

Your presentation proposal, irrespective of format, should include a 200-300 word abstract along with a short biography. We plan to structure this year’s working group around the strengths of the applications we receive. If you wish to be considered as part of a panel or joint event, please state this within your proposal.

Suggested topics relating to the broad theme of ‘After Affects: The Scenographic Construction of Affective Environments’ include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scenography as an open and affective network
  • Scenography and the activation of the senses and emotions
  • Costume and affect
  • Exhibiting, documenting and/or remembering scenography: archiving affect and after affects
  • The theoretical potential of emergent forms of practice
  • Approaches to examining the creation of affective scenography

Proposals must be sent to each of the Scenography Working Group Co-Convenors by 17th April 2015:

Fred Meller,

Siobhán O’Gorman,

Luis Campos,

Please note: Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2015 Conference. You should not submit proposals to several working groups, whether these are the same or different proposals. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. you will need to register for the conference in order to present your paper. This includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast.

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